With the post-season Abu Dhabi test wrapping up Formula 1 for 2017, all eyes are already looking to whether Robert Kubica will be on the grid for Williams in 2018.

Kubica drew huge fan and media attention during his test for Williams at the Yas Marina circuit and while a glance over his lap times appears impressive the British team remains firmly tight-lipped on whether the Polish driver has done enough to secure a race seat.

A philosophical Kubica appeared relaxed after the Abu Dhabi test and was thrilled with his progress over the past 12 months. This time last year there wasn’t a flicker of hope seeing Kubica return to F1, ironically his new manager Nico Rosberg was grabbing headlines by retiring just days after clinching a maiden F1 world title, but since then Kubica has tested for Renault and Williams in various specifications of F1 cars under media scrutiny.

The current rumbles from Williams is Kubica is the strongest contender to partner Lance Stroll to replace the retiring Felipe Massa but both sides accept there are still risks with his injured right forearm which halted his F1 career in early 2011.

Williams has confirmed an official decision on its driver line-up won’t be made for potentially a few weeks as its assesses its options between Kubica and fellow shortlisted drivers Sergey Sirotkin, Paul di Resta, Daniil Kvyat and Pascal Wehrlein – which gives us time to pick our 2018 driver line-up.

Head over to Crash’s Forum to state your case about whether Kubica should get his dream F1 return or if another candidate deserves a shot ahead of the Pole.

Crash will be running Forum debates every day during the winter in preparation for the 2018 season debating a range of topics and issues – but you can submit your own ideas here.

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KUB still seems to have the pace to be in F1. He is out of active driving of any kind yet he is right there in testing with times you would expect from regular F1 drivers. Hope to see him in Williams in 2018.

Yes, I think he has done enough to get the ride. Williams can run him for 6 races and make a change if needed. The other contenders are not going anywhere. And let's face it, this differs from how a top team must decide when signing one of the top six, who could go elsewhere if passed over. No, Williams can sign him, reap the publicity rewards for his return for a few races, and go in a different direction if his pace is not there. Signing him simply has no risk for the team and it also has a great many advantages.

 

I would love to see Kubica in F1. He will be getting points for Williams on regular basis.

I think he's an old fashion driver and maybe need more tests to take the maximum of FW40 but in his first contact he was 0.1 sec faster than Stroll. At first GP he will be half second faster

I hope he does get it, he deserves it and F1 needs a feel good story. F1 has become a shell of it's former self in part (a large part) due to the engines, but also due to the cost cutting that was meant to help save it. Consistently seeing cars down the back of the grid for engine / gearbox penalties, a lack of in season testing meaning what you brought to Australia is essentially what you have in Abu Dabi, a lack of Sunday warm up action, no refuelling... I could go on. It's grown tiresome, even the new cars this year are nothing extraordinary.